Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! The 10-day long extravaganza is here. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most widely celebrated festivals across the subcontinent, especially in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Ganesh Chaturthi kick started with much fervour on the 25th August 2017, and the festival will go on till 5th September. Devotees have already brought home beautifully sculpted and painted Ganesha idols. Pandals are also set with grand idols of the deity. Sweet shops have lined their counters with delicious variety of modaks, barfis and ladoos. For the next 10 days, devotees will shower their beloved deity with flowers, prasad, bhog, and sing hymns in the Lord’s praise. Through the 10-day extravaganza, devotees prepare bhog/prasad daily to please their beloved God. Here are some popular bhog offered to Lord Ganesha during the course of these days –
This one comes as no surprise. The delicious modaks (sweet dumplings) are considered to be one of Ganpati’s most favourite sweets. He is also called Modakpriya in the scriptures owing to his great love for modak. Hence on the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees tend to offer him a bhog of modak. You can also make delicious variety of the sweetmeat to please the deity. For instance, steamed modak, dry fruit modak, chocolate modak, fried modak and the likes.
Satori is a Maharashtrian sweet flat bread, and one of the most loved festive recipes of Maharashtra. It is a rich delicacy made from khoya or mawa, ghee, besan and milk.
Another festive treat Maharashtrians love preparing for every auspicious occasion is Puran Poli. Several Maharashtrian households offer bhog of Puran Poli to Lord Ganesha in one of these 10 days to seek his blessings. Along with modak, and Coconut Laddoo, Puran Poli tops the list of favourite bhog offered to Lord Ganesha on Ganesha Chaturthi. Puran Poli is a flat bread made of maida stuffed with sweet lentils and jaggery.
4. Motichoor Laddoo
Alongside Modak, Lord Ganesha is also believed to be very fond of ladoos. Motichoor Ladoo is one of the most common form of ladoos offered to him in his bhog. Other melt-in mouth ladoos that are popular are Coconut Ladoo, Til ke Ladoo, Motichoor Ladoo, Atta Ladoo etc.
5. Coconut Rice
This is one of the common offerings to the deity in South India. Coconut rice is a dish prepared by soaking white rice in coconut milk or cooking it with coconut flakes. The delicious treat makes for one of the most loved bhog items to Lord Ganesha.
Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish made of strained yogurt, and is popular across Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is topped with chunky nuts and raisins. This Ganesh Chaturthi, please your beloved Lord Ganesha with this all-time favourite festive treat.
Banana Sheera is an easy to make sweet treat, which is one of the common offerings to Lord Ganesha. Made of mashed bananas, semolina and sugar, the sheera is similar to the melt in mouth Sooji ka Halwa.
8. Rava Pongal
Rava Pongal prepared with a dollop of ghee is a delicious breakfast snack in South India. Made with rava (sooji) and moong dal, and topped with flavourful seasonings, the pongal is an absolute treat.
9. Medu Vada
Medu Vada is a traditional South Indian delicacy commonly prepared in almost every South Indian household. On the pious occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi, devotees offer the delicious vada to their God as a part of the bhog.
No compilation of bhog or prasad is ever complete with India’s favourite festive treat – Payasam. Payasam is a traditional South Indian kheer. Rice cooked in milk along with jaggery, coconut and cardamom is a hit across the sub-continent. You can also experiment with Payasam, and cook your deity interesting versions of it like Pineapple Payasam, Carrot Payasam etc.
Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!